This spring has been a very difficult season for gardeners with all the rain. In spite of that, Marjorie Marcallino entered two roses in the Manhattan Rose Society Flower Show for The Roosevelt Island Garden Club. I'm happy to say she won two blue ribbons in a judged show for the club. Both roses replace ones that had to be destroyed last year due to the rose rosette disease.
Rosanna (pictured on the left) was judged as the best climber. It is a deep pink and is on the left as you enter the garden on the hard blacktopped path. The other one( pictured above on the right) is Moonlight Romantica a yellow Hybrid Tea. It was also ranked, Queen of Show. This rose is also located to the left of the entrance arch and can easily be. seen from the front hard path.
We are very happy to be so well represented as a community garden.
from Carole Kennedy
2018 is off to a great start in the cold March air of the Roosevelt Island Garden Club. Upgrading work has begun to repair rose garden borders and prepare for spring planting.
2017 was a hard year for our Rose Garden as Marjorie Marcallino, Michael Biagenak, the Rose Garden Committee and others had to battle rose rosette disease. This mite is contagious and the only way to fight it is to remove infected bushes, which RIGC had to do in large numbers. In total, about 15 beautiful, mature rose bushes were removed.
After this winter season and with constant checking to avoid re-infection of this mite, the roses will be replaced this spring. At the January Board meeting, a priority was set to upgrade any aging wood borders in the rose garden. This effort began in full this week. Anthony Longo is working with Marjorie Marcallino and Michael Biagenak alongside Neal Weissman, Johan Marfey, Kwasi Long, and Julia Ferguson. The goal is to complete this project by April and the planting season.
With grey skies and intermittent sunshine, the day was long and filled with good work. It was great to be back in the garden.
Every year for the past four years, RIGC has been honored by an April workshop with Consulting Rosarians from the Manhattan Rose Society, one of 300 local societies of the American Rose Society.The Rosarians visit, educate our gardeners, and work on our beautiful roses.They teach and model the best techniques of the fine art of pruning. We love these visits from specialists who enjoy the extensive collection of roses which are found in our Rose Garden. The beautiful plants of the Roosevelt Island Garden Club are tended and provided by Marjorie Marcallino and her Rose Garden Committee
The garden is always filled with a concentrated quiet as they worked in the early spring air. The five rosarians, who trained for many hours to hold the title, Consulting Rosarian and this year's group included Mrs. Pat Shanley, current serving as President of the 8000 member strong American Rose Society.
For more information please see: http://manhattanrosesociety.org/
Now that June has arrived, our amazing roses are in full bloom! Enjoy seems to be a word that is not nearly enthusiastic enough! Delight in our beautiful roses!
On Saturday morning, April 11th, we were honored by a workshop with five Consulting Rosarians from the Manhattan Rose Society, one of 300 local societies of the American Rose Society. The Rosarians have visited, educated our gardeners, and conducted training sessions with RIGC for two years in a row now. They teach and model the best techniques of the fine art of pruning. We love these visits from specialists who enjoy the extensive collection of roses which are found in our Rose Garden. The beautiful plants of the Roosevelt Island Garden Club are tended and provided by Marjorie Marcallino and her Rose Garden Committee.
Roosevelt Island Garden Club gardeners, Marjorie and Carole, are two of the founding members of the Manhattan Rose Society. On Saturday morning about ten gardeners/rose lovers from RIGC attended the workshop and helped with the pruning. The garden was filled with a concentrated quiet as they worked in the spring sunshine. The five rosarians, who trained for many hours to hold the title, Consulting Rosarian, included Louis Arce, Shinichi Harada, Mary Ann De Rosa, Dr. Joseph Grizzanti, and Mrs. Pat Shanley, currently the President-Elect of the 8000 member strong American Rose Society.
Mrs. Shanley will be presenting at the upcoming event with the Manhattan Rose Society.
"A Vision of Roses –Choosing the Right Rose For the Right Location” - Pat Shanley
Monday, May 4, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm, at The SLC Conference Center, 15 West 39th St. , 3rd Floor (between 5th and 6th Ave., one block from Bryant Park) New York, NY 10018.
There will be a wine and cheese reception and anyone interested in roses is welcome to attend the meeting. RSVP to 516-458-9148 / firstname.lastname@example.org For more information please see: http://manhattanrosesociety.org/
And soon June will arrive, and our amazing roses will be in bloom!